How can I start and application with root privileges, just once.

For example I need to start SublimeText with sudo privileges, then I write in a console:

$ sudo subl

But, I wonder if there's any way to do this from the dash or side bar.

Something similar to 'Launch as administrator' from Windows.

  • You do not want to start sublime as root! – A.B. Oct 23 '15 at 17:48
  • @A.B. Sorry, do you mean that I shouldn't? It's an example, that could be nautilus or any other app. – Gocht Oct 23 '15 at 17:49
  • use gksudo instead of sudo – A.B. Oct 23 '15 at 17:53
  • @A.B. It's still a command line. – Gocht Oct 23 '15 at 17:54

In my opinion, one way is to create executable shell script and then using pkexec run Sublime Text. I think that you can move the .sh file to dash then... But I am no longer using Ubuntu, so I am not so sure about this.

  1. Create empty file: touch run-sublime.sh

  2. Edit file using your favorite editor e.g. subl run-sublime.sh

  3. Paste this in file

    pkexec subl

  4. Make script excutable: chmod +x run-sublime.sh


You can create a .destop file with this:

Exec=pkexec subl

in the exec line and move this in the Dash.

and move that to the dash.

  • Better than my solution! :) Thanks for sharing! – honza-kasik Oct 23 '15 at 17:56
  • How is a full .desktop file? And there's any way to make this and option on the normal app launcher? – Gocht Oct 23 '15 at 17:57
  • You just have to put it in the right folder in your home where is the rest of .desktop files: help.ubuntu.com/community/… – honza-kasik Oct 23 '15 at 17:59

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